The Sydney Ice Dogs recently posted on social media that Daniel Pataky had re-signed with them for the 2022 season, and brought up the stat of his iron man streak – the number of consecutive games played.
This, obviously, got me thinking. How many games is his streak? And what is the League record?
This quickly became more complex that a quick SQL query. It took almost a day to figure out how to accurately determine what the record is, who has it and when they did it.
The process I settled on ran through the following steps in order:
- Retrieve the player from the database
- Determine when that player’s debut date was
- Search the database from that date forward and find which team the player was playing on for that season
- List through each of the games that team played in that season, from the debut date forward if appropriate
- Find out if the player played in that game
- Loop back to Step 3 until all years of their career had been completed or I reached the end of the 2019 season
- If the player missed a game, the streak was broken and the counters would reset
This process is specifically built this way because, in a few short words, Joey Hughes. Joey has played for the Ice, then Mustangs, then Ice again, then Brave. If a player moved teams, the system needed to carry the streak across teams. It also takes into account a player such as James Sanford, who played for both the Mustangs and Blue Tongues in 2012. However, Sanford only played a single season, and even then missed a few games, so you will see he was out of contention from the outset, pretty much.
I built a script to interrogate my database en masse, and a secondary script to confirm individual players if I felt there were issues. So I am pretty comfortable in presenting …
The Top Twenty Iron Man Streak Record Holders for the AIHL*.
|Player Name||Streak first game||Streak last game||Games|
|Jordan Kyros||5 May 2012||14 May 2017||141|
|Kai Miettinen||29 Jun 2013||27 Aug 2017||125|
|Patrick O’Kane||20 Apr 2013||17 Jun 2017||123|
|Brian Funes||13 Apr 2014||26 Aug 2017||111|
|Samuel Wilson||5 May 2012||24 Apr 2016||109|
|Jack Carpenter||19 May 2013||23 Jul 2016||100|
|Vadim Virjassov||26 Apr 2015||9 Jun 2018||94|
|Daniel Pataky||6 Aug 2016||88|
|Mathew Lindsay||16 Jun 2013||19 Jun 2016||87|
|Robert Malloy||13 Jul 2014||23 Jul 2017||87|
|Austin McKenzie||19 Apr 2014||30 Apr 2017||85|
|Zachary Boyle||20 May 2017||77|
|John Kennedy Jr.||28 Apr 2012||26 Jul 2014||72|
|Patrick Nadin||18 Jun 2017||70|
|Patrick Nadin||25 Apr 2015||10 Jun 2017||69|
|Liam Manwarring||6 May 2017||29 Jun 2019||67|
|Thomas Powell||19 Apr 2014||29 May 2016||66|
|Benjamin Breault||13 May 2017||29 Jun 2019||66|
|Greg Oddy||16 Jun 2012||27 Jul 2014||64|
|Jeremy Brücker||22 Jul 2017||64|
A couple of cool facts that have come out of this exercise and looking at the results:
- Both Jordan Kyros and Samuel Wilson’s streaks began on the same day – Perth Thunder’s first AIHL game
- Kai Miettinen’s streak began as a Canberra Knight and ended as a CBR Brave. John Kennedy Jr also started as a Knight, but ended as a Northstar
- Brian Funes missed the first two games of the 2018 season, breaking his streak at 111. He has since gone on a new streak of 54 games, meaning if he didn’t miss those two games, he would hold the record. However, the game dates align pretty closely with the 2018 IIHF tournament, where Brian was representing Australia. That’s a very good reason to break a streak.
- Daniel Pataky has the longest current streak in the League, followed by Zach Boyle, Patrick Nadin and Jeremy Brücker
- Nadin is the only player in the Top 20 twice. He missed a single game on 16th of June, 2017, and if he hadn’t he’d be just one game away from tying the record
- Like Brian Funes, Tommy Powell was representing Australia in an IIHF tournament when he missed the Ice game on the 12th of April, 2014, otherwise Tommy’s streak would be 91 games.
Near the bottom of the list is AIHL legend Greg Oddy, and here’s the I refer to the asterisk in the title. My database only holds detailed information from the start of the 2012 season forward, and I expect there would have been some pretty good iron man streaks prior to then. However, some games of this era were played as “double-points”, so would records count that as a single game (as played) or two games (as awarded)? I also cannot ensure accuracy across the number of games played each season – even within the timeframe I use, there are discrepancies in the number of games each team played (remember the bus crash Adelaide had in 2014, stopping them from playing against the Brave and Bears?) As the database only has summary information for seasons prior to 2012, I can only speculate on prior results.
At the very least, we now have a target for Daniel to aim for. He just has to stay healthy and not miss a game until the end of the 2024 season to take over the record.